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Ex-Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif is worried about the decision to pick the uncapped pace duo of Naseem Shah and Muhammad Musa for the tour of Australia.
Latif’s concerns stem from the fact that the duo haven’t played that many matches at the domestic level, and have also had “injury-prone careers” thus far.
Naseem was selected for the two-Test series, which will run from November 21 to December 3, while Musa was included in both the Test and Twenty20 squads. The three-match Twenty20 series will take place between November 3 and 8.
Naseem, 16, has claimed 17 wickets in five first-class games at an average of 18.70. He went wicketless in the one List A match he played and has picked up two wickets in three Twenty20s at an average of 51.50.
As for 19-year-old Musa, he has featured in seven first-class matches and taken 17 wickets at an average of 37.52. He has also played six List A and eight Twenty20 games, where he has taken seven wickets at an average of 45.14 and 12 wickets at an average of 22.75 respectively.
“I am a strong advocate of providing opportunities to youngsters, but three rookies were selected in the Pakistan touring party for a tough Australia tour,” Latif told The Nation. “Musa, Naseem and Shaheen Shah Afridi have all [had] injury-prone careers, and it is yet to be seen whether they are capable of bowling longer spells. It means in the Test matches, besides Mohammad Abbas, two youngsters are going to play for the national team.
“Naseem is an exciting future prospect, but I feel he was included the in the national squad too early. I won’t speak much about Usman Qadir’s inclusion in the T20 national squad, as the legendary Abdul Qadir died recently. Leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood from Dado is an exceptional talent with variety in his armoury, so he should have been given opportunity in the T20 squad.”